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Pre-Physical Therapy

NOTE: Effective Fall 2017, students can no longer declare into this program and should instead see Pre-Rehabilitation Sciences.

Scroll down or click one of these links to learn about Declaring this Major, access a Degree Plan Checksheet, review the Statements of Understanding, identify your Academic Advisor, review Minimum Requirements for Graduation, navigate the Recommended Course Sequence, plan for your Internship, explore Additional Opportunities related to your major, or submit a Course Substitution Request.

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Visit the American Physical Therapy Association website to learn more about applying to various graduate Physicial Therapy programs.

Declaring This Major

Schedule an appointment with a College of Education Advisor by calling 512.245.3050 or by stopping by the College of Education Advising Center in the Education building, suite 2143.

To ensure thorough understanding of degree and graduation requirements, students are required to meet with an Advisor before their record will be updated.  In this appointment, an advisor can answer questions about the degree program, update the student's curriculum record in the student information system, and assist with degree planning based on the new declaration.

Degree Plan Checksheet

NOTE:  Information included on checksheets is subject to change. 
For the most updated information for each degree plan, students should refer to the appropriate Undergraduate Catalog and track their progress using a Degree Audit.  Additionally we encourage all students to meet on a semester basis with their Academic Advisor.

Replaced in 2017 Catalog Year with Pre-Rehabilitation Sciences

Statements of Understanding

Students wanting to declare into this degree program will be required to review and sign the Statement of Understanding form below during their advising appointment. This form is intended to provide helpful degree planning information to students early in their program to pave the way for successful planning and degree progress.

Academic Advisor

Our advisors are assigned to specific degree programs.  When you call to schedule an appointment, our front desk staff will confirm your declared or desired major and will schedule you accordingly. 

Each degree program includes crucial planning details such as GPA requirements, course rotations, prerequisites, program sequences, applications/deadlines, etc.

By focusing on only one or a few degree programs, your Advisor will be better able to keep track of those details and, in turn, share them accurately with you. 

Shauna Patek

Last Names A - H

Lacie Nicole Arzola

Last Names I - P

Noel Fuller

Last Names Q - Z

Interested in other professional programs?
i.e., Dental, Medical, Physician Assistant, Pharmacy, Veterinary
In addition to meeting with the academic advisor for your degree program, you should speak with one of Texas State's designated pre-professional advisors to ensure that you take the appropriate coursework and are prepared for the appropriate admissions test(s) and application processes.

Minimum Requirements for Graduation

All Texas State students must meet the University's minimum Grade-Point Requirements for graduation [Texas State GPA of 2.00, GPA of 2.25 in the major(s), GPA of 2.00 in the minor(s)].


  1.  A 2.75 Texas State GPA and 2.50 Overall GPA are required prerequisites for continued degree progress and/or graduation
  2. Grades of 'C' or higher are required in the following courses for continued degree progress:
  • MATH 1315
  • BIO 2430
  • CHEM 1341/1141
  • PHYS 1315/1115
  • ESS 3317/3117
  • PSY 1300
  • each of the upper-level AT courses within the Pre-Physical Therapy Concentration

Recommended Pre-Physical Therapy Sequence

All advanced AT coursework requires a 2.75 Texas State GPA.
Please see the Undergraduate Catalog for additional course prerequisites.

Students are strongly encouraged to schedule an advising appointment for the purpose of long-range planning.

Keep the following in mind:
- Upper and Lower Extremities can be taken in either order but not concurrently
- PT 3400 is not available in summer terms


AT 3326
AT 3126


PT 3400


AT 3328
AT 3128


AT 3346
AT 3146


AT 3336
AT 3136


AT 4360


The AT 4360 Internship in Clinical Settings course is a degree requirement and consists of 200 hours split between a minimum of two different clinical sites.

The course should be completed in a student's final semester (fall, spring, or summer), and enrollment requires:
1) completion of AT 3326 and 3126, AT 3328 and 3128, and AT 3336 and 3136; and
3) a minimum 2.75 Texas State GPA.

Students declared in the Pre-Physical Therapy Concentration are required to attend a mandatory internship planning meeting in the long semester prior to their internship.  

Students needing more information can contact Britney Webb at

Additional Opportunities

Join Texas State's Pre-Physical Therapy Organization.
PPTO is a student organization at Texas State that educates students about current issues surrounding the Physical Therapy field and providing an outlet of information to students who are interested in physical therapy graduate programs.  Members can also find volunteer and observation opportunities that may count for community service/awareness hours.

Join the Texas State Pre-Occupational Therapy Organization.
This group's goal is to educate its members on how to become a competitive Occupational Therapy graduate school applicant, providing informational resources and volunteer and observation opportunities in the process.

Join the Exercise and Sports Science Organization.
Meet other students who share an interest in this career field, hear from knowledgeable guest speakers, and gain the opportunity to attend professional conferences. Members also participate in social and community endeavors like tailgating, River Cleanup, and Intramurals.
Invitations are automatically sent through the organization's TRACS site to all ESS majors.
If you haven't received an invitation but are interested in joining, email Marty Wright.

Course Substitution Requests

You may request evaluation of a course taken previously or that you plan to take to confirm whether it is equivalent to a degree requirement in your program.

If approved, provide documentation of that approval to the College of Education Advising Center in order for the course substitution to be reflected on your Degree Audit.

The instructions below are specific to the ESS - Pre-Physical Therapy degree plan.
To request a substitution in a different College of Education program, select from our Majors and Programs list and scroll to the substitutions section at the bottom of that specific program page.

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